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Maha Shivratri 2018 - Date | Tithi | Timings | Significance | Story | Fasting Rules | Puja Vidhi

Shivratri, or Mahashivratri, is the most auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva and is popularly known as the night of Siva. Shivratri 2018 date is February 13, Tuesday. In Panchangs and Hindu calendars followed in Mauritius, Fiji, Australia, United States, United Kingdom (Britain) and Canada, Shivaratri is marked on February 13, 2018. This holy night of Shiva is observed on the night before ‘amavasya’ in the Hindu month of Phalgun (February – March) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. The corresponding period in other regions is the night before Magh Amavasya.
Shivratri 2018 Date Puja Tithi and Timings Nishita Kala is chosen to perform pujas and rituals on Shivratri. 
All pujas and rituals are completed before Amavasya (No moon) starts.

Nishita Kala Puja time is 12:10 AM to 1:00 AM on February 14 (just after midnight on Feb 13 and early hours of Feb 14)
Chaturdasi tithi in North, South and Eastern parts of India is from 10:15 PM on Feb 13 to 12:06 AM on Feb 15.

Narak Chaturdashi - Importance of Naraka Chaturdashi During Diwali

Naraka Chaturdasi, or Narak Chaturdashi, is associated with the Deepavali or Diwali celebrations. In 2017, the date of Naraka Chaturdasi is October 18. In South India, Naraka Chaturdasi is observed on the Deepavali day. In North India, it is observed a day before Diwali on the Choti Diwali day. Naraka Chaturdasi day celebrates the victory of Lord Krishna over Demon Naraka (Narakasura or Narakasuran).

It must be noted here that Diwali in South India is celebrated a day before the celebrations in North India.

The legend for celebrating Diwali in North India is based on the return of Lord Ram from exile to Ayodhya. But in South India the legend is Krishna defeating demon Naraka with the help of Satyabhama.

Note - This Legend is based on Oral Tradition in South India which is narrated as the story of Deepavali. The story is different from the one found in Srimad Bhagavad Purana. As per Bhagavad Purana, Narakasura is killed by Sri Krishna using his Sudarshana Chakra or discus.
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The Importance of Clay Elephant and Horse during Diwali Lakshmi Puja

In many regions in India during Diwali Lakshmi Puja a pair of miniature Elephant and a horse made of clay are worshipped. Apart from this in some regions miniatures of lions and cows are also kept during Diwali puja. This Puthalas (toys) of elephant and Horse have symbolic importance like Goddess Lakshmi representing auspiciousness and prosperity.
The elephant is placed in the puja area to remove all illness. The elephant flapping its ears is symbolic of blowing away illness.
The horse symbolically represents vehicle. Presence of the horse during puja is for no accident during the year and for the home to always have a vehicle.

Cow represents auspiciousness and prosperity. Lion symbolizes safety and security of the home and office.
Photo copyrighted to Astyreay

Dos and Don’ts When Keeping Idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in Home and Shops

When keeping idols of Hindu gods and goddesses in home and shops there are few things, you need to take care of. Idols in puja area, or at the sacred place, in house and business establishments is meant to create positive energy. Positive energy helps in alleviating all forms of troubles. Certain types of idols should be avoided. Here are the dos and don’ts regarding the placing of idols of Hindu gods and goddesses for puja purpose. The backside of the idol should never be visible while performing prayers and puja. The backside of the idol should be covered properly.Two idols of the same god or goddess should not be worshiped in the puja area. This might result in constant fights at the place.Broken idols and torn paintings, pictures and photos should not be used for worship. Broken and torn murtis of Bhagavan should be buried. They should not be abandoned or thrown into rivers or lakes.The murtis used for worship should always be in blessing posture. The face should be happy or peace…

Jyotiba Temple Kolhapur Timings – Opening, Closing, and Darshan Time at Kolhapur Jyotiba Temple

Jyotiba Temple Kolhapur is dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma and Jamadagni. The temple is located northwest of Kolhapur on a hill named Panhala. Jyotiba Temple Timings in details is given below. Please note that the darshan time will change during festivals and rituals. The opening and closing time will change when there is graham (eclipse) or important puja. Jyotiba Temple Kolhapur Timings Morning Darshan begins at 5:30 AM Most days there are no breaks. Evening Darshan ends at 9:30 PM.
The ideal time to visit the shrine is morning or evening. Other Tips on Visiting the Temple The climb on the hill can be tiresome for old people. The temple is around 12 km away from Kolhapur town on the way to Panhala fort. The shrine is around 20 kms from the famous Mahalaxmi Temple. People smear kumkum here therefore one need to be careful about dress and eyes. The adulterated kumkum can cause problems to eyes. The temple is crowded during Sundays.

Related Chaitra Jyotiba Yatra at Kolhapur

Mithuna Rashi 2018 Predictions - How will be the year 2018 for Mithuna Rashi?

Mithuna Rashi born people will face difficulties related to finance and career in 2018. February, April, July, August and November are good months. January, March, June and December are bad months. May, September and October will be stagnant or both good and bad. Mithuna Rashi 2018 predictions are based on moon sign followed in Hindu astrology and horoscope.

Career There will be sudden job loss or unexpected problems in career for some.You will not be happy with your career progress.It is an ideal year to change jobs.You will not be happy with the new jobs on offer. Those looking for a job after studies will be lucky this year.You will be unhappy with the decisions taken by seniors, boss or management.Some of your ideas will be appreciated and implemented.There will be promotion to an important post and transfer for some.Not a great year if you are looking for government related jobs.Doctors and those in legal profession will have a good year.It is not a good year to quit job and start…

Mantra to Be Chanted On Waking Up and Before Putting Your Feet on Earth

As per Hindu religion, Earth is mother – Bhu Devi. We stamp on her. There is a mantra to be chanted daily after waking up and before putting our feet on earth. It is like asking the forgiveness of Mother Earth. One should wake up just before sunrise and chant the mantra. The mantra is:


One need to always be thankful to mother earth for nourishing us.

Earth, in which lie the sea, the river, and other waters, in which food and cornfields have come to be, in which lives all that breathes and that moves, may she confer on us the finest of her yield. Earth, in which the waters, common to all, moving on all sides, flow unfailingly, day and night, may she pour on us milk in many streams, and endow us with luster. (From the Atharva Veda - Hymn to the Earth - Bhumi-Sukta) May those born of thee, O Earth, be for our welfare, free from sickness and waste, wakeful through a long life, we shall become bearers of tribute to t…

Discipline the Senses to Destroy Desire – Quotes

In the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna tells Arjuna that ‘the insatiable fire of desire’ is the constant enemy of wise men. With the senses, mind, and intellect as its formidable stronghold, desire deludes the jivatman by eclipsing its wisdom.
Desires for sense objects deepen the jivatman’s bondage to the phenomenal world. The Lord, therefore, advises Arjuna first to discipline the senses, and then to destroy desire. (Bhagavad Gita)

Only one or two who are absolutely free from desires would attain their liberation. (Holy Mother Sharada Devi)

No matter how much sadhana you practice, you will not realize the goal as long as you have desire. (Sri Ramakrishna)

But can we truly give up all mundane desires? And how do we give them up?

Scriptures and saints declare that one can get rid of desires by the power of one’s self-effort and the grace of the guru and the Lord.

Holy Mother reassures us, ‘Yes, one can give up desire. That is why one is supposed to practice japa, meditation, and other spir…

Hindu Calendar Today – October 17, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:46 AM on October 17. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 11:55 PM on October 17.Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 11:33 PM on October 18.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 17, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 7:23 AM on October 17. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 7:20 AM on October 18.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram till 6:12 AM on October 17. Then onward it is …